There are hundreds of clinical practice guidelines used to inform health care in Australia, often translating medical research into medical practice. These guidelines should be high quality, unbiased and relevant. 

This report discusses improvements made and the concerns which remain in the creation of clinical practice guidelines.

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The 2010 review was published in the Medical Journal of Australia (2010; 192 (9): 490-494). 

Since 2010 NHMRC has released follow up reports. The fourth (2014) reports on 1046 guidelines produced by more than 130 Australian guideline developers between 2005 and 2013.

Of these guidelines:

  • 41% provide guidance on a national health priority
  • 23% are developed by Australian state or territory governments
  • 5% are issued and/or approved by NHMRC
  • 22% document evidence of a structured literature search
  • 14% document evidence of consumer involvement
  • 12% published declarations of competing interests

The NHMRC guideline reports highlight the considerable investment in guideline production in Australia. They reinforce the need for better coordination to ensure that Australian clinicians and consumers have access to current, high quality, relevant guidelines in areas of identified need.


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